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Building Pharaoh's Ship 

Nova explores ancient Egyptian techniques of ship building by following a team of archaeologist as they construct a ship based on ancient designs.



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Episode credited cast:
Mahroos (voice)
Kathryn Bard ...
Herself - Boston University
Mosaad El-Hedek ...
Himself - Shipwright
Mohamed Abd El-Maguid ...
Himself - Underwater Archaeologist
Rodolfo Fattovich ...
Himself - Archeologist
Hamdy Lahma ...
Himself - Shipwright
Mahrous Lahma ...
Himself - Shipwright
Reda Lahma ...
Himself - Shipwright
Yosry Lahma ...
Himself - Shipwright
Himself - Narrator
David Vann ...
Himself - Author, 'A Mile Down'
Tom Vosmer ...
Himself - Maritime Archaeologist
Cheryl Ward ...
Herself - Coastal Carolina University


Archeologists work with a family of Egyptian ship builders to build a replica of a ship thought to sail the Red Sea by ancient Egyptians. With scant evidence about the details of construction and operation the team needs to improvise carefully to avoid sinking. Written by David Foss

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One supposition built upon another....
26 April 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This documentary is a long string of 'what ifs' and by the time it's over, you aren't really sure what has been proved. The show begins with the notion that the ancient Egyptians were great sailors. Their evidence is a bit scant--and the greatest evidence of sailing throughout the Mediterranean seems to be a relief in a tomb. And, IF they were great sailors, then HOW they did this is very, very vague as well. Again and again, the ship builders and scientists had to make guesses. Eventually, they are able to build a seemingly seaworthy craft. However, I ask just what has been proved? After all, with guess upon guess upon guess, it's really not at all clear that they can say anything other than modern folks can make a boat they think MIGHT have been like an ancient boat. It's all vaguely interesting and that's all.

By the way, early in the film, they questioned where the ancient land of Punt was located. Their answer seemed rather lame--saying '...could have' to the South of Egypt. Yes, it also could have been to the East, West or North!

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